New York City Restricts Infant Formula In Hospitals To Promote Breastfeeding

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    Starting September 3, 2012 under a new program enacted by Mayor Bloomberg New York City will keep count of all bottles of formula stocked and distributed by NYC hospitals. Formula must also be kept under lock and key with nursing staff having to account for each bottle dispensed and document a medical reason why an infant receives each bottle of formula.

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    I think this is awesome! No more excuses, breastfeed!

    And before I get the rants about "my baby didn't latch" and more - invest in your child and consult a good lactation consultant. It's worth it.

    Go Bloomberg

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    Quote from edmia
    I think this is awesome! No more excuses, breastfeed!

    And before I get the rants about "my baby didn't latch" and more - invest in your child and consult a good lactation consultant. It's worth it.

    Go Bloomberg

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    If you like Mr. Bloomberg take him, PLEASE!

    One thought after several years of living under R. Giuliani as mayor of NYC we would get a break from megalomaniac government for awhile. That hasn't happened and what is worse Mr. Bloomberg uses his wealth and connections to back up his already considerable political power as mayor of this city to push through one after another "nanny state" laws/rules that smack of the wealthy white liberal person's burden; "we know what is best for you".

    Back to the breastfeeding OT. One supposes it is a good idea but one worries about new mothers especially those from lower socio-economic groups being brow-beaten, lectured, talked down to, adjured and otherwise made to feel they are somehow lacking as a mother or worse nearly commiting a criminal act by requesting formula for their infant.

    Can see nurses "explaining" to any mother how in order for them to bring a bottle of formula they have to go to where it's stored under lock and key, remove *ONE* bottle at at time, document the removal and for whom, bring the bottle to patient, then chart up the medical reason *why* infant must have said formula, oh and informing the mother the information is being complied and sent to NYC government. If this can happen without any snarky remarks, quips or and sending in a squadron of nursing consultants to *suggest* mother may wish to rethink her choice then fine. However somehow one doubts that is going to happen.

    Here is how two local Staten Island hospitals plan to run the scheme:

    Staten Island hospitals heartily endorse breastfeeding initiative | SILive.com
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    Now instead of sneaking in cigarettes and drugs families will be sneaking in formula! "Ma'am put down the case of Enfamil and get on the ground!"
    sharpeimom, Burn-Unit-RN, KelRN215, and 3 others like this.
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    I prefer the government not to latch on, thank you
    Breastfeeding is a choice, it is not law, it is not governmental business if one chooses bottle or breast.
    For some it works, for others it doesn't, no matter how good a lactation consultant is.
    One child had me literally bleeding, tried everything, lacation consultant EVERYTHING, and it just was not working for either of us. When she lost some considerable weight, I finally was able to not be berated for not nursing her. BTW, she graduated an "A" student, is going to a really good college, and had her pick. So I did no dis-service to her brain by continuing to try something that just was not working.
    My son latched on within 15 minutes of him being born, nursed like a champ, and I weaned him at well over a year.
    The government needs to stay out of a mother's personal decision regarding the feeding of her child.
    sharpeimom, caroladybelle, Jessy_RN, and 4 others like this.
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    I heard this on the news and thought "First the big slurpees and now formula".
    I'm glad I don't live in NY.
    Last edit by imintrouble on Jul 31, '12
    sharpeimom, Jessy_RN, nursel56, and 3 others like this.
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    Part of me says, oh gosh, more busywork for the nurses...


    but I know it's a smart move in the end. Sooo many women don't even try to breastfeed because they don't want to, don't consider the wellbeing and health benefits for the baby, or just don't like it, the idea of it, or the inconvenience of it (though I feel breast is less inconvenient but whatever)


    We should stop making it so simple for people to just choose bottle all the time. It's expensive and not necessary most of the time. I know there are some special cases but for the most part, women can nurse a baby, that's what those breasts were made for after all.
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    Quote from JZ_RN
    Part of me says, oh gosh, more busywork for the nurses...


    but I know it's a smart move in the end. Sooo many women don't even try to breastfeed because they don't want to, don't consider the wellbeing and health benefits for the baby, or just don't like it, the idea of it, or the inconvenience of it (though I feel breast is less inconvenient but whatever)


    We should stop making it so simple for people to just choose bottle all the time. It's expensive and not necessary most of the time. I know there are some special cases but for the most part, women can nurse a baby, that's what those breasts were made for after all.
    But it is their choice. And a viable option. And it should be simple. And women need to not be made to feel badly because of it. Many parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids. Do I agree with that? No. But it is not my choice to make. The government should not decide how one chooses to feed their child. Isn't it ironic that WICC pays for formula?
    sharpeimom, KelRN215, Jessy_RN, and 5 others like this.
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    Why should women be forced into breastfeeding? One side decries the rumored decline od womens choice in health care and yet there is this clearly that exactly...and enacted vy a mayor no less. Blech!
    Jessy_RN likes this.
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    I find it really hard to believe that with all the science and evidence available regarding the superiority of breast milk over formula that exists out there that any nurse would not support breastfeeding as the only option viable for a healthy mother and child.

    I'm not saying that there are cases where it is not possible for babies to latch on, I know there are, but in this case, we should have affordable (and health insurance covered) breast milk banks to provide those infants who absolutely cannot latch on with the best nutrition possible.

    And, no, your child will not be dumb if you don't feed them breast milk, but your child will have higher chances of having food allergies and being obese.

    I also saw a post in this thread that talked about mothers who aren't comfortable breastfeeding. Huh???? Do we really think that an individual that feels it is disgusting to feed their child with the tools nature has provided so wisely is fit to be a parent? I don't think so. That kid will have some issues later on in life because if a mother cannot bear to hold her child skin to skin in order to feed it, then you bet that mother will not hold her baby often at all. Sad.

    The idea with this initiative is to encourage mothers to do just that -- be mothers. If this kind of initiative became a nationwide idea, then mothers would stand up for themselves at work and demand more family friendly maternity leave and also stand up once they go back to work and demand appropriate breaks and storage for pumping milk so they don't have to do it in the bathroom stall... Just saying that this is a culture change we must promote in order to support strong families and better rights for working mothers. And not just working mothers. Women should not be ashamed of feeding their child in public for goodness sakes! Or having to cover themselves under those ridiculous breastfeeding privacy tents that are being sold now. I could not believe the first time I saw one of those things -- they only perpetuate the idea that feeding a child the food that nature provided for it is gross and should be done behind closed doors. Absolutely insane.

    And lastly, if you really think that it is a choice to breastfeed instead of an obligation as a female of the human species, think about this: I remember a few years ago reading a news report about a family stranded in a car in a snow storm. The mother was breastfeeding the baby and was able to maintain her children (not just the baby) hydrated and alive during their 4 or 5 day stint stuck in the middle of nowhere in winter until rescue arrived. Do you think this would have been possible if that baby was formula fed? There is a reason why we have breasts that produce milk until our human babies are independent enough to feed on other things. It's called basic survival of the species.

    Rant done


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